Drexel University has updated the greenhouse located on the third floor of Stratton Hall for botanical use by the Drexel community, and any students, faculty or professional staff members can request to use this space and onsite resources to grow plants.
Drexel Real Estate and Facilities opened the space on May 11, and can provide tables, growing trays, pots and soil to Dragons who want to use the space. There is a working water source to use on site, and the space has plenty of sunlight — even with the Chestnut Square tower across the street. Users will just need to use their own seeds and take care of nurturing what they grow.
The space will be available on a first come, first serve basis; requests for scheduling and/or information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The greenhouse will be opened during normal operating hours for the rest of the spring term. It will be closed over the summer (it’ll be too hot by then and an adequate cooling system was unable to be implemented), and is planned to reopen in the fall.
The renovated greenhouse space. Photo credit: Scott Dunham.
“The greenhouse is meant to be something used for fun, so hopefully we are able to figure out how to keep everyone’s plants alive without making it into a chore,” said Director of Grounds Scott Dunham.
The greenhouse had been used for research purposes over the years by various departments, but “over time it was used less and less and eventually became an unusable space that was all but forgotten about,” said Dunham. He’d thought about rehabilitating and using the space many times over the 10 years he’s worked at the University. “My original thought was that if there was enough interest to actually get some decent use out of it, I could ask for help in keeping ground covers or annuals alive that ultimately would be planted on campus,” he said.
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